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This Australian-American country music singer was born in Whangārei. He married Australian actress Nicole Kidman in 2006.
This document was signed on February 6th 1840, marking the official start of New Zealand as a British colony. Controversially, the English and Māori versions differ in terminology, and throughout New Zealand history the government has often failed at upholding their side of the agreement.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi
This perennial figure in New Zealand politics was also born in Whangārei. After splitting off from the National Party, his New Zealand First party has led him to be the ultimate "kingmaker" in several elections after the introduction of New Zealand's Mixed Member Proportional electoral system.
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known as this stage name, is one of New Zealand's most successful pop artists, gaining international popularity after her hit 2013 song Royals.
During the final match of this rugby team's 1981 tour, the field at Eden Park was flour-bombed by two men in a Cessna 172 in protest of the tour.
Springboks (South Africa)
As of 2017, fourteen members of this species of native parrot live on Little Barrier Island north of Auckland. This species of green birds also known as the owl parrot is critically endangered, with every member of the species named and tagged, and confined to only four islands.
This Māori political movement is based in the Waikato and was set up as an alternative and to parallel the British colonial government of the time. The head of the movement is paramount chief of several Māori iwi, and they have a lot of power within Tainui. The current head is Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII.
Māori King Movement / Kīngitanga
New Zealand's largest lake is this body of water located in the middle of the North Island and is the source of New Zealand's longest river the Waikato. The town of the same name on the lake is a popular tourist spot.
The largest city in the Waikato is this place, also the fourth largest in the country. Take a break in this city because you'll be back to see the city's gardens, the biggest tourist attraction in the region, which will leave you satisfied.
Hamilton / Kirikiriroa
Bay of Plenty
This director was born in Raukokore. His films include Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Jojo Rabbit, amongst others. He is both Māori and Jewish, and he married Rita Ora in 2022.
A tourist hotspot, Rotorua is known for its hot springs and hill side attractions such as the luge and the Skyswing. Because of its tourist attractions the town has been dubbed this, referencing an American city also known for its tourism, even including a replica of the famous Welcome to fabulous sign.
This volcanic island in the Bay of Plenty is the most active cone volcano in New Zealand. In December 2019, it erupted killing 22 people.
White Island/ Whakaari
The city of Gisborne is located on this bay, named by Captain James Cook for the lack of supplies his crew managed to find there.
Poverty Bay / Tūranganui-a-Kiwa
This song is named for a State Highway connecting the East Cape and Gisborne to the Bay of Plenty. It was performed by the youth choir group Ka Hao and featured musician Rob Ruha. The song became a hit in September 2021.
This annual music festival takes places in the Waiohika Estate vineyard near Gisborne. Its name references its location in a vineyard.
Rhythm and Vines
The Māhia Peninsula is home to this company's Launch Complex 1 which is used to launch satellites into space.
This Kraft Heinzsubsidiary is based in Hastings and produces many popular New Zealand food products such as their tomato sauce and baked beans. The company is named after its founder.
Napier is famous for this style of architecture, a result of rebuilding after the city's 1931 earthquake; the worst natural disaster New Zealand has ever seen. Each February tourists flock to the city to participate in the festival celebrating the city's unique architecture.
The cultural group Pātea Māori Club released this hit song in 1984. The song is one of the best-selling Māori language songs, and has charted in three different decades, including in 2010 when it was featured in the movie Boy. The title refers to a Māori performing art.
Mount Taranaki acted as a stand in for this mountain in The Last Samurai.
In 2022, Egmont National Park was declared free of this pest, making it the first national park to be free of ungulates.
Mount Ngauruhoe was used as a stand-in for this mountain in New Zealand director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies.
This town, whose name means "Work of the Danes", was settled by Scandinavian loggers who arrived by the port of Napier. The town embraces a Scandi/Viking theme throughout.
Dannevirke / Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua
This university is based out of Palmerston North, with campuses in Auckland and Wellington. It's known for being the hub of agricultural, aviation, and veterinary research and training in New Zealand. It is New Zealand's second biggest university after University of Auckland and is named for an early twentieth century New Zealand Prime Minister.
Massey University / Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa
This building is the most notable of New Zealand's parliament buildings, housing the executive offices. It's always buzzing with politicians.
The Beehive / Te Whare Mīere
This special effects and propscompany based out of Wellington has worked on movies that include Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and Blade Runner 2049, amongst others.
This street in Wellington is a hub of culture and arts. Despite its name it isn't actually named for the island nation but for a settler ship of the same name. The bucket fountain is a notable piece of public art.
The region is named for this Dutch explorer, the first European explorer to visit New Zealand.
The main street of Richmond is called this, a name that is the second most popular street name in New Zealand.
This bay has previously been known as Killer's Bay, Murderer's Bay, Blind Bay, Massacre Bay, and Coal Bay. The modern name is a lot nicer and refers to a resource that was found in the rivers flowing into the bay.
Golden Bay / Mohua
The city and region were named for this person, regarded as one of the greatest naval commanders in history.
Like five other New Zealand regions, Nelson is this type of authority; one where the region and district level councils are combined into one unified government.
Nelson is the ____ city in the South Island, and the second ____ in all of New Zealand after Kororāreka (now Russell).
The region's river plains with fertile soil and temperate weather have made the region the perfect place to produce this important agricultural product, the region being the leader in the industry in New Zealand, producing over three quarters of the total output.
This town is the biggest centre in the region, with a population of 29,000 - arguably the biggest urban area not considered a city in the country.
Blenheim / Waiharakeke
This transport service is run by KiwiRail and connects Wellington to the town of Picton via ferry. This service is one of the primary ways people drive between the islands, as they are able to drive on and off at each end.
The eastern border of this region is made up of this mountain range that runs the length of the South Island.
Southern Alps / Kā Tiritiri o te Moana
This glacier is one of the most easily accessible in the world, with a terminal face only 300 metres above sea level. Not named for the animal, but actually named for one of the first European explorers to go there.
Fox Glacier / Te Moeka o Tuawe
This mineral is very important in Māori culture and is used to create carved jewellery. The West Coast region is a major source of the mineral.
This mountain is the tallest in New Zealand at 3,724 metres.
Aoraki / Mount Cook
Thomas Edmonds was a notable businessman and philanthropist who lived in Christchurch after emigrating from London. He created and manufactured Edmond's "Sure to Rise" baking powder, but he's mostly remembered for creating this book found in kitchens across New Zealand as a marketing tool for his baking powder.
Edmond's Cookery Book
This person is a prominent person in Christchurch and is known for his public speaking, especially in Cathedral Square. In 1990, Prime Minister Mike Moore made this person's position official across New Zealand.
He's usually seen wearing a pointy hat and robes.
The Wizard of New Zealand
This road in Dunedin is the world's steepest street, with a gradient of 35%, a result of faraway planners deciding on a grid layout of streets over a series of hills. The road is a popular tourist spot.
Otago is one of the few regions of New Zealand to have adopted a flag. The flag consists of two eight-pointed stars on top of a field divided by mountains into these two colours.
Blue and Gold
This nickname is given to University of Otago students, based on a certain garment they wear because of Dunedin's cold winter weather.
This former Invercargill mayor is a noted national media figure and icon of the region, often appearing on New Zealand television. In office as Invercargill Mayor from 1998, he was voted out at the 2022 local elections.
Based on the 1981 movie, the biannual Goodbye Pork Pie Charity Runsees people loosely follow the path driven in the movie, from way up north to the end of the South Island in Invercargill. The run involves dozens of teams of people driving this small car the length of New Zealand.
This island is New Zealand's third largest. Its principal town is Oban with a population of ~300 out of the islands ~400. Most of the island is part of a National Park. The Foveaux strait separates it from the South Island.
Stewart Island / Rakiura
This island is the largest of the Cook Islands and also the most populated. The name of a popular powdered cordial drink in New Zealand gets its name from the shortened version of this island.
Unlike the rest of New Zealand, the Chatham Islands are home to this other indigenous ethnic group. They are the descandants of Māori who arrived in the Chathams in the 16th century.
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